For the third time in five years the Cougar Baseball Team won the Western New York Athletic Conference Championship. In game one on Saturday, the Cougars defeated Jamestown Community College 3-0. The team was led by pitcher Greg Rapp who threw a one hitter in all nine innings while striking out five and walking three. Nate Smith and Adam Grace each had two hits to lead the offense.
In the championship game later that day, Genesee defeated Niagara County Community College 7-1 to win the WNYAC championship. The Cougars took the early lead scoring in the second inning. John Broll led the inning off with a walk and then scored off a single by Jacob Featherstone. NCCC came back to tie the game in the top of the sixth inning but Genesee was determined to battle back as they continued to score throughout the game to make the score 7-1. Adam Grace led the team in offense going 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI's. Genesee starting pitcher Shaun Slemko pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up two hits while walking one. Dan Sharpe entered the game and got the win pitching the rest of the way striking out four and walking one.
The team finished its Conference fall season with an impressive 11-3 record. Coach Sherman says, "I could not be more proud of this team. They have worked very hard and this a well deserved championship for this group of players."
The All Conference players should be announced in the next couple of weeks and the team will then begin getting prepared for a competitive spring season.